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Wednesday, February 8, 2023
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FATHER-OF-5 GOT RETRENCHED, BRINGS PHOTO OF HIS KIDS TO OFFICE & BEGS FOR JOB BACK

Colleague got retrenched and asked for our help to retain his job

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He said he has many dependents including 5 young kids in shravasti relying on him for a living. He showed us his bank statement from which we knew that despite his high salary he has little to no savings.

Thing is his work performance was really poor and made tons of mistakes that he should not have made given the experience level stated in his resume. Some colleagues had to work overtime to clear his mess.

Initially none of us want to help him but he had been waiting for us outside the office with pictures of his 5 young kids and looking forlorn for several days just to ask for our help.

Boss said if we are all willing, he will allow the said colleague to return to work with a pay cut. What would you do in this situation?

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Netizens’ comments

  • He’s trying to guilt trip you.
    Fact is, he is or was your colleague. The state of his affairs at home or state of his personal life should have been none of your business but he made it your business to evoke empathy which he intends to exploit. Including his working conduct, he’s clearly unprofessional. I wouldn’t hold respect for him if I were you.
    Sure, I pity the dependents, but someone like that shouldn’t be benefitting from the mercy of others.
    I must emphasize that his household state has nothing to do with you. Nothing personal, it’s just business.
  • Ur boss is very weird. Normally before retrench for low performance there’s a period of 1-3 months on a performance improvement plan (PIP)
    After that if still underperforming, Management, HR and legal will handle the termination. Colleagues are almost never involved in it
    Tell him out of ur hands and talk to Hr
  • No sia
    Why your boss ask you all to make the decision? He should be the one making the decision.
    I will rather you all help him to find a new job
    I know it sounds heartless but psychologically speaking, dude will remain as he is if he get the job back. He will continue to make mistakes and you guys will help him cover shit. This is just human trait until they really face a new low.
  • ?? You seem to have cited alot of problems with this ex-colleague and no redeeming factor other than having 5 dependents. It’s not really your problem or responsibility to bring him back to make more mistakes at work.
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